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Meeting Professionals International Expands Learning Opportunities

Meeting Professionals International has expanded the offerings in their Executive Education Series.

The series was developed in order to further education opportunities for senior-level and executive meeting professionals, and mid-level professionals aspiring to leadership. The new courses feature women in leadership and emergency preparedness. The Experiential Event program was also introduced and provides experience in sports, culinary, entertainment, and mega-event categories, with the option to qualify as designated Experiential Event Professionals.

Wyndham Rewards Unites with Caesars Entertainment's Total Rewards

On June 5, Wyndham Rewards revealed a new loyalty partnership with Caesars Entertainment and its Total Rewards program. The partnership will allow members of each program to receive complimentary status matches, with more rewards to come later this summer, which is the first time any partner of Total Rewards has done status matches.

Mount Pleasant Area CVB Executive Director Earns Certification

Chris Rowley, the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's executive director, recently acquired her certification as a Government Meeting Specialist from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals .

The SGMP certifies employees of government entities through the voluntary GMS program whose  goal is to teach planners and suppliers to plan meetings and events in the most effective way possible for their government employers. The program requires participants to fulfill the ethical, personal and professional requirements that the SGMP specifies.

CEO Jim Caldwell Maintains Vision of Omni Hotels & Resorts in New Multirole Position

Omni Hotels & Resorts recently announced Jim Caldwell as president of the hotel group. His new role will combine with his CEO position—that he has held since 13 years—and president of TRT Holdings, Inc.

Langham Hospitality Group Introduces “No Strings Attached PLUS”

The Langham Hospitality Group has launched their new program, “No Strings Attached PLUS,” with features such as waived cancellation terms, no attrition rate charges, complimentary internet charges for all guests and much more.

The program, which can be booked from April 1 through Aug. 31, 2017, for events taking place between April 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, is designed to offer event planners and organizers more flexibility with rewards and privileges unique to this program.

Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis’ Compost Program Excels

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has finished the first year of a program meant to reduce hotel CO2 emissions, and it has been successful.

The project primarily focuses on composting, its fully operational in the hotel. In the first 11 months, hotel teams composted 415,000 pounds of unused food waste. The composted scraps are picked up by St. Louis Composting and sent to a facility in Belleville, Ill. The compost is sold to homeowners and landscapers in the St. Louis area.

Columbia Hospitality Launches Wellness Program

Columbia Hospitality, a hospitality management company based in Seattle, has launched Work Hard, Play Hard, a wellness program aimed to improve meetings. The program will be offered at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Kitsap Conference Center and Talaris Conference Center.

The program is aimed to improve participants’ health and happiness through customizable options. Offerings range from creative stations to interactive fitness activities. The program is a bit different for each conference center.

GBTA and MPI Present Meeting Certificates

Recently, the Global Business Travel Association and Meeting Professionals International awarded the Certificate in Meeting Management to 37 professionals from the CMM Norfolk 2016 class. The association will offer programs in Palm Springs, Calif., and Reno, Nev., this year.

“We cannot be more pleased with the strong interest the CMM Program has received from our global community,” says Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO, MPI. “Participants have consistently shared positive feedback on the program’s educational content and instructors.”

Hilton Announced Newest Initiative at IMEX

IMEX America, an expo for the travel, meetings and events industry, took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 10–12. There, Hilton announced and launched their new initiative, WowMakers, which will help recognize the hardworking professionals in the hospitality industry.

The program is intended to celebrate the 100,000-plus professionals in the industry by sharing their stories and helping them connect with others in the business—giving them the recognition they deserve.

ILEA Announces CSEP Recipients

The International Live Events Association announced the six event professionals who have earned the Certified Special Events Professional certification in July 2016.

The recipients are: Katie Coleman, CSEP, Micayla Diener, CSEP, Daniela Grafman, CSEP, John Jossifakis, CSEP, Erin Kneesel, CSEP and Katie Krause, CSEP.

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